In regards to Dr. Samuels tummy ache article in the March 17 Health & Life section of the Chronicle, I am a bit confused. In his first paragraph he says, “There are many different types of GI disorders, as well as many different reasons for having them.” As far as I can see, Dr. Samuels presents a number of disorders and therapeutic actions, but gives no reasons for the causes of the problems.
I appreciate the fact that Dr. Samuels seeks to present both Eastern and Western methods of treatment, but the treatment of a symptom is different from the reasons or causes behind the condition. I have no problems with doctors treating symptoms, that is their business. However, when a doctor says he is going to talk about the reasons for gastrointestinal (GI) problems and then says nothing, I think someone needs to say something.
So, to start, I am not a doctor, I just own a stomach and I eat. I have noticed that what I eat has a great impact upon my GI condition. I would assume that one of the first questions a doctor would ask a patient is about their eating habits. It is somewhat like “garbage in, garbage out.” Maybe just per chance, GI problems could be avoided or lessened by proper diet.